Move over, feathered friends — canary seed has been approved for human consumption by Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The high-protein, gluten-free grain can now be incorporated whole into energy and snack bars and sprinkled on hamburger buns and bagels.
It can also be ground into flour for use in cookies, muffins, crackers, breads, tortillas and pasta.
It’s good news for farmers in Saskatchewan, where the bulk of the world’s canary seed crop is grown and exported.
Kevin Hursh, executive director of the Canaryseed Development Commission of Saskatchewan, says it’s hoped this new development will broaden the market.
(The Canadian Press)